19:30 Hexham Tue 22 May 2018

Scheduled
  • Northumberland County Show 2018 Novices' Handicap Chase (Class 5)
  • 2m 4f 15y,
  • 11 Runners
  • Winner£4,809.002nd£1,412.003rd£706.004th£353.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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811-12OR: 98
Evidently hasn't been the easiest horse to train, but returned from wind surgery with a solid run over hurdles on deep ground at Newcastle in April (2m), beaten just ¾L by Chasseur De Tete. Not jump well on sole previous attempt over fences.
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2
711-12OR: 98
Point-to-point winner (3m yielding) who ran his best race under rules on his handicap debut (novices) at Uttoxeter in May 2017 (2m7f+ good). Off since November having joined this trainer for £12,000 in January 2018.
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3
911-9OR: 95D
Back from a short break with victory at Plumpton (2m3f+) last month and followed up off the same mark at Taunton next time (2m5f+). Obvious contender from his new mark on good ground in a fairly modest race.
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4
711-7OR: 93
Has shown some ability over hurdles (mainly as a novice), but is win-less in 11 attempts over the smaller obstacles. Half-brother to 2m4f-3m chase winner Apache Prince and stable in form, so some reasons to be hopeful ahead of chasing debut.
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5
611-5OR: 91
Beaten 14L on his chasing debut at Kelso earlier this month (2m5f+) and ideally needs to drop the anchor early if bidding to build upon that effort. Formerly with Dan Skelton, so is one to keep on side for the moment.
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6
810-9OR: 81
Made mistakes on his first run back from wind surgery over 3m here earlier this month, so it's difficult to fully gauge the effectiveness of that work. Would be of more interest if/when switched back to hurdles.
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7
910-8OR: 80
A wind operation hasn't led to an upturn in fortunes, and this 16-race rules maiden (dual point scorer) was beaten in excess of 10L by Make It Happen at Kelso latest (2m2f+ hurdle, heavy).
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8
710-4OR: 76
In free-fall in the weights, but even a cursory glance at his overall form figures tells the reason why; now a ten race maiden.
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9
810-1OR: 73D
Now 0 from 15 under rules, and although showing up respectably for a long way at Perth last week (2m4f good), he was weak at the business end, finishing 18¾L fourth to Boy's On Tour.
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10
810-0OR: 68
0 from 24 under rules and appears to be fairly devoid of ability. Needs the first time blinkers to buck up his ideas massively.
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11
910-0OR: 53
Pulled up wearing a first time tongue tie over 3m here in April, and whilst fairly lightly raced after making just nine starts under rules is increasingly looking like a lost cause.
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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
No Such Number910-116/4
T: M A BarnesJ: Dale Irving

Betting

Forecast

Bennachie (2/1), Alfiboy (7/2), Royal Mandate (9/2), Next Level (5/1), Towerburn (10/1), Eager To Know (12/1), Court Painter (12/1), Bafana Blue (14/1), Daydream Island (28/1), Scorpo (40/1), Thedfactor (80/1)

Verdict

Tim Vaughan sends the hat-trick seeking BENNACHIE on the long journey north from the Vale Of Glamorgan (8 from 50; 16% here since 2005), and whilst respectful to the other connections, must be delighted to see his improving Milan gelding presented with another golden winning opportunity. Whilst some of the others aren't wholly exposed over fences (i.e. Royal Mandate, Alfiboy and Bafana Blue), equally they weren't the most progressive of hurdlers either. The now Jamie Snowden trained Next Level rates as the chief threat to the selection.
  1. Bennachie
  2. Next Level
  3. Royal Mandate
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